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NHTSA to Probe 30 million U.S. Vehicles over Airbag Inflators

NHTSA has opened the engineering analysis into the 30 million U.S. vehicles due to substandard Takata airbag inflators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be going to analyze the vehicles which were produced from the 2021 to 2019 model years.

The NHTSA is going to investigate the automakers including Ford, Toyota, Nissan, General Motors, Honda, BMW, Tesla, Daimler, Mazda, Chrysler, Ferrari, Subaru, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, and others.

The automakers declined to comment ahead of the investigation and even NHTSA has also declined to comment on it.

The NHTSA’s investigation is considering inflators with a drying substance or desiccant in them. According to the document, NHTSA also said there have been no reported estrangements of vehicles on the roads with airbag inflators with the drying substance.

NHTSA to Probe 30 million U.S. Vehicles over Airbag Inflators

NHTSA said in the document that they are going to investigate the vehicles which had the inflators installed when they were manufactured and also some inflators that were used in recall repairs.

67 million Takata inflators have been recalled in the United States over the last decade and around 100 million worldwide.  Airbag recall was the largest safety recall in history a decade ago.

More than 400 injuries and 28 deaths around the world, including 19 in the United States have been recorded due to faulty Takata inflators.

The investigation agency said the investigation “will require extensive information on Takata production processes and surveys of inflators in the field.”

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